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MolecularMD, a diagnostics firm that was developing a companion test to personalize treatment with Ariad Pharmaceuticals' leukemia drug ponatinib, announced this week that it has voluntarily withdrawn its premarket approval application for the test.

In a joint statement, Ariad and MolecularMD said that the companies were recently informed by the US Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health that MolecularMD's BCR-ABL T315I Mutation Test is "no longer considered to be a companion diagnostic test for ponatinib."

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